School reports are interesting reading when you look back through the lens of a late diagnosis.
5: “She needs practice with manipulative skills as she finds cutting and sticking quite difficult and is rather heavy-handed… She is strong minded and does not always concentrate fully to give her best performance.”
6: “She is very sensitive and needs constant re-assurance”
7: “Although very careful she should now try to increase the speed of her calculations and her concentration”
Although these are only brief lines in a myriad of other statements, they provide necessary details:
- difficulties with physical activity and co-ordination
- deficits in social communication and social interaction
- hyper- or hyporeactivity to sensory input
- symptoms present in the early developmental period
The question remains, though, how to help the general public to recognise what autism looks like in girls?